ERIC Number: ED407874
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
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Some Issues Regarding Irish.
Wall, Patrick J.
TEANGA: The Irish Yearbook of Applied Linguistics, v15 p167-175 1995
A number of issues concerning revival and maintenance of the Irish language are discussed. First, it is found that public attitudes about language use in Ireland, outwardly positive toward revival of Irish usage but not carried through in mass media or education, reflect considerable ambiguity. Linguistic stewardship of the language has been substantial and effective in many areas, including publication of Old and Middle Irish texts and more contemporary creative writing, advances in lexicography and development of new terminology, and calls for more standardization of both written and oral forms. Social issues remain a source of contention, with enthusiasm for revival tempered by limited resources, lack of qualified teachers, and early parental resistance. Curriculum development has continued since the 1960s, but lack of success with instruction has been frustrating. New syllabi and more up-to-date teaching methods are in place currently. However, it will be important to maintain momentum, continue to develop needed materials, and provide motivation for students to learn Irish. Despite uncertainty about success and fear of irrelevance, the work of restoration continues, and may be boosted by demand for diversity in the expanding European political and social context. Contains 8 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland